biomimicry
Mollusk Mockup
Mollusk Mockup
Molly Sharlach | Feb 1, 2015
Researchers develop a “micro-scallop” meant to glide through biological fluids by opening and closing a pair of silicone shells.
Shell Games
Shell Games
Molly Sharlach | Feb 1, 2015
See how scallop locomotion informed the design of a microscopic robot that could one day navigate our circulatory systems.
Sonic Experiment
Sonic Experiment
Jef Akst | Jan 29, 2015
An artist takes advantage of muscle-mimicking polymers to manipulate sounds.
Shrimp-Inspired Cancer Camera
Shrimp-Inspired Cancer Camera
Bob Grant | Oct 6, 2014
Researchers have developed a tumor imaging device based upon the visual system of a crustacean.
Squid-Inspired Electric Elastomer
Squid-Inspired Electric Elastomer
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Sep 18, 2014
Polymer changes color and texture in response to remote signals. 
Obscured Like an Octopus
Obscured Like an Octopus
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Aug 21, 2014
Cephalopod skin inspires engineers to design sheets of adaptive camouflage sensors. 
Organelle Architecture
Organelle Architecture
Mary Beth Aberlin | Dec 1, 2013
There’s beauty in a cell’s marriage of structure and function.
Flu Fights Dirty
Hayley Dunning | Sep 1, 2012
Mimicking a host-cell histone protein offers flu a sneaky tactic to suppress immune response.
Cephalopod-Inspired Robot
Jef Akst | Aug 17, 2012
A color-changing machine mimics the rubbery body and flexible movements of octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish.
Robo Rat
Jef Akst | Apr 1, 2012
More-realistic whiskered robots are better able to navigate dark or dusty environments, while providing insights into rodent sensory processing.